I have been seeing it a lot on social media, on TV, on the Radio and in person how so many of us are not being very kind to one another. It breaks my heart seeing so many hateful things said or done to others who might just not agree with someone’s thoughts or beliefs. We are all entitled to our own thoughts and opinions and others are entitled to theirs. One of my favorite quotes I have seen recently on Facebook is “We don’t have to agree on everything to still be kind to one another.” I believe we would be a much happier society if we took the time to put our differences aside and just be kind and thoughtful to one another. I would love to see what the world would look like If we used all that energy used to put others down to actually lift each other up and help those who are in need. Our kids are seeing all this too. Let’s try to lead by our actions to show what being kind to one another looks like, what taking the initiative and helping others and lifting them up looks like, and showing our children what contentment looks like.
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Last month our 1st- 6th graders learned about taking the initiative and our Pre K - K class learned that God keeps His promises. The children learned that initiative is: seeing what needs to be done and doing it, not waiting for someone else to do it, and not getting distracted. God wants us to take action and help those in need and not wait for others to step up. This month we are talking about Contentment –Deciding to be okay with what you have. Over the four weeks the children will learn that God can help you be okay no matter what, that material things can’t keep you happy, that wanting what others have can make you miserable, and that we shouldn’t miss out on what we have now. We are going to remind the children that not everyone has a roof over their heads, food on the table for every meal, and maybe not even enough clothes. We are also helping the children realize that they can do things that would be considered “missional” on a daily basis. It can be helping a classmate with homework; it can be offering their friend a part of their lunch, or just offering to sit with them at lunch. It could be helping a struggling friend carry their books to class. We are teaching them to look around and step up and help and be kind to each other. Here at Mason UMC we have multiple service projects that help those in need. The newest one is the Mason UMC Community Cupboard. We are having an event for everyone at MUMC to help fill the Cupboard. We are encouraging our children and their families to participate, to continue the lesson of taking the initiative, and to be content with what they have and to give to others. The event is being held this Saturday, October 20 at the Church from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Pizza dinner will be served. On Sunday, October 21, our Third Graders will be getting their bibles during the Third Grade Bible Luncheon. They will be able to read their own bibles and find out more about how God wants us to help others and how to live on mission in our daily lives. On Sunday Oct 28th during our 10 am Blast time we will be having our Harvest Party Celebration. We will be playing games, painting pumpkins, and serving. We will be partially packing the care packages for Her time Ministry. The children will also hear the following pumpkin prayer with a parable.
Our kids are watching and learning from us. I pray they learn from us what being kind to one another looks like. What taking the initiative and helping others and lifting them up looks like. Show our children what contentment looks like by being happy with what we have and giving to others.
Children’s Ministry Director